Luke 12:32

Fear Not, Little Flock

Principle for Bible Reading

There are often riches and depths of meaning in the simplest verses. Luke 12:32 is one verse with two short propositions, but there are riches buried in its simplicity. Pastor John gives a few tips for meditating on verses like this and seeing all that’s really there. In this case, it reveals several reasons not to fear.

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Outline

Introduction/Prayer (00:00–00:36)

Tips for Meditation (00:36–08:29)

  1. Take words or phrases in your passage and restate them in your own words (e.g. “fear not”).
  2. Ask yourself why the writer chose the words he did (e.g. “flock”).
  3. Look for meaningful connections between words and phrases in a passage (e.g. God as a Shepherd, a Father, and a King).
  4. Identify individual propositions (subject + verb) and the connecting words between them (e.g. “for”).

Summary (08:29–09:50)

  1. In God, we have a Shepherd, Father, and King.
  2. He enjoys freely giving us the kingdom at great cost to himself.
  3. Therefore, we should not fear.


Study Questions

  1. What pictures or metaphors are used to describe God in Luke 12:32?
  2. How is “for” connecting the two propositions in Luke 12:32?
  3. Take the verbs in Luke 12:32 (“fear” and “give”) and restate them in your own words (other words that mean the same thing). What do you learn?
  4. How many reasons not to fear do you see in Luke 12:32? What are they?
Piper: “Do not fear. God is our Shepherd, our Father, and our King.”

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John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books, including A Peculiar Glory.